Audi Confirms RS5 Coupe For U.S., Coming In 2012

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Get ready for some raucous Audi awesomeness, America. The Audi RS5 Coupe has just been confirmed for your driving pleasure. The only bad news: it won't get here until 2012. In the meantime, you can put your spare cash to use with the just-priced $161,000 R8 Spyder 5.2 quattro.

Powered by an up-rated version of the 4.2-liter V-8 found in the regular R8, the front-engined coupe cranks 450 horsepower to all four wheels while looking better than just about anything with two doors. OK, so that may be a strong statement, but there's no denying the S5/RS5's good looks. It hits our shores in 2012--but Audi hasn't said when in 2012. Let's hope it's early in the year.

A seven-speed S tronic dual clutch gearbox handles cog-swapping duties, and a new center differential in the standard quattro all-wheel drive system delivers the power to the ground. All-in, the 3,803-pound RS5 shoots from 0-62 mph in 4.6 seconds and barrels on to reach a top speed of 174 mph. In other words, it's about the same as the M3 Coupe, but a little more powerful.

Fuel economy is surprisingly good, as is fairly common with V-8-powered sports cars, scoring 21.8 mpg in the European combined average. That's a solid mark for a car delivering this balance of performance and luxury.

For the full details on the Audi RS5, check out our preview, and don't miss the live images from the Geneva show.


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Comments (6)
  1. An RS5 4 door, 5 door or Avant would be worthwhile. But a coupe version is too bland and ordinary to be worth the effort.

  2. Which arrives first? Pretty new RS5 or Planet X?

  3. RS5 as avant would be perfect...but would be called RS4...

  4. That is a car I seriously want! I don't think that is a strong statement, I'd have no second thoughts picking the A/S/RS5 as THE most beautiful coupe built this century so far. I would pick the RS5 over the R8, and have usable trunk space, back seats, and a fair chunk of change left over as a bonus.

  5. NC2000, the 4 door version of this car is called the RS4, since the A5 and its derivatives are from the A4. Anyways if I were to consider this I would wait for the 4.2 liter to be dropped in the future and replaced with the new 4 liter forced induction V8 that is being developed.

  6. As an Audi owner and chronic 'modder'... this probably comes close to the perfect Audi that needs nothing from the aftermarket!
    My current dream car.

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